The Lake District is renowned for its breath-taking natural beauty, quaint slate towns and the impact it had on some of the UK’s most canonical writers. However, in recent years, the region’s gastronomic offerings have exploded. We went on a weekend wander to the “loveliest spot that man hath found” to check out some choice highlights.
The Lakes Distillery
Nestled amongst the rolling hills along the banks of Lake Bassenthwaite, The Lakes Distillery is home to not only a three-year-old distillery but also the Michelin-guide Bistro at the Distillery and is a multi-award-winning tourist attraction. Founded in 2014 by whisky maven, Paul Currie, the goal was to create world-leading gins, vodkas and whiskies with Cumbria at their heart. We took a tour of the Distillery itself to find out more about the spirits and see the processes for ourselves. Take the tour with us here (followed by a few cheeky tasters).
Bistro at the Distillery
We couldn’t leave without sampling the food! After an oh so exhausting tasting of The Lakes Distillery portfolio, we manage to force ourselves to endure a three-course meal at the Bistro. Find out what we thought of the Bistro here.
Forest Side Hotel
Located at the very heart of the Lake District, this 1853 mansion boasts elegant rooms, stunning grounds and a Michelin-star restaurant run by Head Chef Kevin Tickle. Read more about our hotel stay here and our Forest Side restaurant review here.
In the delightfully named market town of Cockermouth sits The Lakes Distillery’s sister hotel, The Trout Hotel. Languishing on the banks of the River Derwent, this handsome Georgian house features a comfortable base for travellers wishing to explore the Northern Lakes Region.